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MICHELLEXXXX
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2/23/13 5:08 P

I try to go through the rainbow (ROY G BIV) and make sure I'm hitting all the colors that provide different antioxidants. Ex:

Reds: tomatos, peppers, apples, etc
Orange: carrot, orange, etc
Yellow: peppers, squash, banana, etc
Greens: obvious
Blue: berries
Violet: eggplant, plums, grapes, purple cabbage, etc

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 2/23/2013 (17:14)


CLARK971
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2/23/13 3:42 P

if you like eggs, you can change omelets up by adding different things.



TACDGB
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2/23/13 3:30 P

I love loading up a pita pocket with lean meats, veggies (cucumbers, tomatoes, orange and yellow peppers) and a slice of low fat cheese. I also love my breakfast dessert. I put 2/3 cup of fat free cottage cheese in a nice glass. Then I add 1/2 cup of fruit like strawberries, pineapple or peaches on top. Then I add 1 tablespoon of no salt nuts your choice I use peanuts. Then I add 1 tsp. each of sugar free carmael and chocolate sauce. The internet is loaded with ideas to use in your crockpot.



JENNILACEY
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2/23/13 2:09 P

I just use good old fashioned google and search for healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks ideas. As well as specifics; oatmeal, chicken, fish, soups, salads etc.

Plenty of fantastic recipes out there on the web. You can also try sparkrecipes under your "articles and video" tab.



DIANAHALLOCK
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2/23/13 1:35 P

Make your trips to the produce asile an adventure and go to a Farmer's Market instead. Eat what's in season and/or locally grown. Try a new veggie or fruit. Get an organic treat like honey or nuts. You'll have a great walk, some zero stress time and something to break up the monotony of winter produce.



DOUGLYE
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2/23/13 1:28 P

My favourite breakfast is oatmeal - plain - no salt - no milk. (I have grown to like it and now dis-like salt in the oatmeal)
I mix it up occasionally with scrambled egg and cheddar (15 grams or less cheese) or an omelette or a smoothie. A little spray of oil in a teflon or ceramic pan adds very few calories of oil.

Lunch, I often use Suzie's Whole Grain Thin Cakes. 3 for 48 calories (I like them way better than rice cakes and you get 3 ;-) They are good with peanut butter and jam, peanut butter and banana, 1 thin slice of cheddar cheese and ham (or chicken or turkey) slices and a hint of mayo. I also like the light laughing cow cheese spread on either the suzie's thins or some 'Christie' rice thins. Light Laughing cow is 25 calories each wedge, and the rice thins (like a rice cracker) is 10-12 crackers for 80 calories. I mix this up with an occasional fruit salad.

Dinner - favourite is rotisserie chicken (grocery store variety) pieces on a tossed salad. A huge salad, 150 grams of chicken and 2 tablespoons of light Italian dressing is just over 300 calories.




SARAHMO4
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2/23/13 1:02 P

So I have been trying to eat healthy and the recurring theme is variety. I have tried eating the ame thing for 4 or 5 days and its not for me, too predictable and boring. I want to add variety to foods I eat regularly without altering a recipe a lot, or buying a bunch of food to spice up a few meals. So far its yogurt and granola in the morning, I have thought about eggs and oatmeal by themselves( i meant that i wont eat the eggs and oatmeal together in the same bowl) for something different. Either some type of egg sandwich with a little meat and english muffin or possibly scrambled eggs, but baked in the oven in muffin cups.
Lunch is usually a sandwich, some kind of side like chips, nuts, and sometimes fruit or snacks I have in my house. Adding more fruit would eb good, maybe fruit veggie salad? Just more healthiness overall. Dinner is where I cook more, food that I can cook in a crockpot or oven is helpful and all thats left is a side dish or two. anything that can be kpt in the fridge or cuoboards is helful, I only have the freezer in my refrigerator for storage. I cant buy a mini one becuae of the apt. complexs rules :( any ideas that are simple and not too expensive would be great.



 
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